CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Oil Marketers & Grocers Association (OMEGA), the West Virginia Trucking Association (WVTA) and the West Virginia Wholesalers Association (WVWA) all have their political action committees have endorsed Beth Walker for Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia.
“After careful consideration of the candidates in this race, it was clear to our associations’ members that Beth Walker will be an independent voice for the people and businesses of West Virginia,” said Jan Vineyard, president of OMEGA and WVTA and Executive Director of WVWA. “Beth Walker has the legal experience and judicial philosophy that will allow all parties with a case before our state’s highest court to have a fair shake. We are pleased to provide her our endorsements.”
The West Virginia Oil Marketers & Grocers Association represents the business interests of those engaged in the petroleum marketing, retail grocery and convenience store industries.
While, the West Virginia Trucking Association is tasked with an organized and uniform effort within the state’s trucking industry to promote increased highway safety and funding, as well as public education on the importance and value of commercial vehicle transportation.
Finally, the West Virginia Wholesalers Association represents wholesale distributers and manufacturers within the state. Combined these associations represent more than 600 member companies that employ over 60,000 residents of the Mountain State.
“I am honored to have the support of the oil marketers and grocers, the truckers, the wholesalers and their members for my candidacy for Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals,” Walker said. “We are working hard to earn the support of organizations like these who appreciate the importance of a fair, impartial and nonpolitical judiciary.”
Walker is one of five who have filed for one seat on the bench. The other candidates include incumbent Justice Brent Benjamin, former Justice and state Attorney General Darrell McGraw, former state legislator Bill Wooton and Clay County attorney Wayne King.
Starting this year, all judicial elections in West Virginia are non-partisan. That means the candidates aren’t tied to political parties. It also means the May 10 primary is the only election for judicial seats.